‘Proprietary estoppel and oral land contracts: the last word?’

Howe v Gossop ([2021] EWHC 637) addressed the question as to whether proprietary estoppel can be relied upon where the claim arises out of an oral agreement concerning land. The problem is that such an agreement is only enforceable if the formalities requirements in section 2 of the Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989 have been satisfied. There are concerns as to whether it would be legitimate to allow oral land agreements to be the basis of a successful proprietary estoppel claim. In that case, proprietary estoppel appears to undermine the formalities rules …” (more)

[Michael Lower, Hong Kong Land Law Blog, 26 September]

First posted 2021-09-28 16:00:50

Leave a Reply